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Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on Jan. 29, 2020.

Council only pledge for 2040

“The council will aim to reduce emissions from its own estate and services to net zero by 2040.”

Climate Plan Scorecard

This council’s climate plans as of 20th September 2021 were assessed and scored by trained Climate Emergency UK volunteers, as part of the Council Climate Plan Scorecards project.

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SectionKnowsley Metropolitan Borough CouncilAverage single tier council
Total score24%50%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
9/21
10.3/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
0/18
9.0/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
4/7
4.1/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
2/9
5.1/9
Section 5 Measuring and setting emissions targets
2/5
2.9/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
0/4
2.2/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
0/5
0.9/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
1/5
2.3/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
0/4
2.1/4

Emissions data

669.3 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

4.4 tCO2e

per capita

7.7 ktCO2e

per km2

Latest CO2 estimates from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. County and combined authority data combined from constituent authorities.

These councils are the most similar to Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council in terms of emissions profile, deprivation, rural/urban population density, and geographical nearness. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Halton Borough Council84%NoNo targetOct. 16, 2019
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council84%Yes2030March 10, 2020
Wolverhampton City Council84%Yes2028July 17, 2019
Bradford Metropolitan District Council83%Yes2030Jan. 15, 2019
Salford City Council82%No2038July 17, 2019
Kingston-upon-Hull City Council82%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council82%Yes2050Sept. 16, 2019
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council82%Yes2038July 17, 2019
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council81%Yes2025Sept. 11, 2019
West Midlands Combined Authority81%Yes2041June 28, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council in terms of their emissions profile, based on the latest data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Halton Borough Council92%NoNo targetOct. 16, 2019
Boston Borough Council89%YesNo targetJan. 20, 2020
Kingston-upon-Hull City Council87%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Charnwood Borough Council86%Yes2030No
Somerset West and Taunton Council86%Yes2030Feb. 21, 2019
Colchester Borough Council85%Yes2030July 17, 2019
North Somerset Council84%Yes2030Feb. 19, 2019
Bridgend County Borough Council84%Yes2030No
Tewkesbury Borough Council84%Yes2030Oct. 1, 2019
Telford & Wrekin Council84%Yes2030July 25, 2019

These councils grographically border or overlap with Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority99%Yes2040April 28, 2019
Liverpool City Council98%Yes2030July 17, 2019
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council98%Yes2040June 10, 2019
Halton Borough Council97%NoNo targetOct. 16, 2019
West Lancashire Borough Council96%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council95%Yes2030July 18, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in high deprivation, medium deprivation, and low deprivation neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council95%Yes2030March 10, 2020
Birmingham City Council94%Yes2030June 11, 2019
Liverpool City Council93%Yes2030July 17, 2019
Manchester City Council91%Yes2038July 10, 2019
Kingston-upon-Hull City Council90%Yes2030March 21, 2019
Blackpool Borough Council89%Yes2030June 26, 2019
Nottingham City Council89%Yes2028Jan. 21, 2019
Stoke-on-Trent City Council88%NoNo targetJuly 4, 2019
Burnley Borough Council88%No2030July 10, 2019
Wolverhampton City Council87%Yes2028July 17, 2019

These councils are the most similar to Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in urban, rural, and highly rural neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Basildon Borough Council100%Yes2030No
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council100%Yes2030Dec. 4, 2019
Borough of Broxbourne100%YesNo targetNo
Fareham Borough Council100%Yes2030Oct. 24, 2019
Woking Borough Council100%Yes2030July 25, 2019
Castle Point Borough Council100%NoNo targetNo
Adur District Council100%Yes2030July 18, 2019
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council100%No2030Aug. 29, 2019
Torbay Council100%Yes2030June 19, 2019
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council100%Yes2038Feb. 24, 2020

Powers & Responsibilities

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council is a Metropolitan District, with powers over:

Council buildings and staff

Climate actions might include:

  • making council offices more energy efficient
  • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
  • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    Environmental health

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing industrial emissions through air quality enforcement
    • bringing up insulation and energy efficiency standards through enforcement of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and Decent Homes Standard 2000. for cold and damp conditions in private rental and social housing

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Passenger transport

    Climate actions might include:

    • encouraging bus and private hire operators to use low-emission vehicles, through licensing requirements or Clean Air Zones
    • incentivising bus use by improving routes, timetables, and ticket prices through ‘Enhanced Partnerships’ with operators
    • proposing to central government the development of light rail / tram networks that integrate, rather than compete, with other modes of transport in the area

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Planning and building control

    Climate actions might include:

    • imposing reasonable requirements that new developments comply with energy efficiency standards and get a proportion of their energy from local, renewable sources (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
    • incorporating additional energy performance standards into their Local Plan, for new works that require planning permission
    • using Area Action Plans to guide development proposals towards lower carbon emissions or more cycling and walking routes, for example
    • enforcing legislation that requires private rental properties to be of Energy Efficiency Rating E or above (Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2015)
    • funding energy efficiency improvements on existing homes, through initiatives such as Green Homes Grants

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Schools and libraries

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing the carbon footprint of civic buildings through better insulation and renewable energy use
    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
    • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    • encouraging eco-clubs at schools
    • using school land to plant trees and hedgerows, or to grow food

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Social housing

    Climate actions might include:

    • prioritising energy efficiency when building new council-operated social housing schemes – for example, through the Passivhaus standard
    • enabling housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock, through loans from the local authority

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Spending, procuring, and investing

    Climate actions might include:

    • embedding carbon impact assessment as part of the council’s budgeting and financial accountability process
    • utilising Public Works Loan Board loans or the Business Rates Retention Scheme to invest in emissions-reducing capital projects that otherwise wouldn’t get funded
    • specifying low carbon equipment and practices when procuring for relevant services from suppliers
    • prioritising positive environmental impacts during procurement, through the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012
    Transport planning

    Climate actions might include:

    • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ like walking and cycling by creating or widening footways and cycleways
    • incentivising Electric Vehicle use by assigning street space to EV charging
    • disincentivising the use of fossil fuel cars through congestion charging,low-traffic neighbourhoods, or the reduction of parking space

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Waste collection and disposal

    Climate actions might include:

    • establishing ‘Joint Waste Solutions’ with neighbouring councils, to get more value out of waste, recycling, and street cleaning contracts
    • running marketing campaigns to encourage residential recycling, reuse, and waste minimisation

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Read more about English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council

    knowsley.gov.uk
    Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s official homepage.
    @KnowsleyCouncil
    Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.
    Friends of the Earth ‘Near You’ tool
    Discover climate groups in this area, data about Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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